HPD's success in reaching the ambitious goals of Housing New York depends upon the agency's meaningful engagement with community partners across New York City, who help us preserve and create the affordable housing we need to maintain diverse, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods. We look to our partnerships with neighborhood organizations and community development corporations to learn about the needs and concerns of both residents and property owners and to design programs that respond to them.
Housing Ambassadors are community-based service providers in New York City who help people prepare and apply for affordable housing. We partner with these organizations to help provide up-to-date, consistent information and assistance about the application process to communities, and we encourage residents to contact them for guidance.
The Landlord Ambassadors Program aims to stabilize the physical and financial health of small- and medium-sized multi-family buildings by helping owners navigate the process of applying for HPD financing. With the support of HPD and Enterprise Community Partners, three community-based non-profits -- Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC), Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY), and RiseBoro Community Partnership (formerly Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen’s Council)—are now providing neighborhood-based assistance in three pilot areas across the City.
HPD is committed to partnering with mission-driven organizations throughout the city to identify and facilitate new development opportunities. Resources are available for faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations to aid with the development process and to spread the word about affordable housing resources for tenants and owners.
The Neighborhood Contracts Unit (NCU) administers roughly $11 million in local and federal funding to procure housing preservation and stabilization services from community-based organizations throughout the city.